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by Nomo

Afrobeat in the style of the legendary Fela Kuti, with nods to John and Alice Coltrane as well as Pharoh Saunders.
Genre: World: African
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1. Discontinued
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2. Better Than That
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3. Not Wisely...
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4. Moving in Circles
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5. ...Too Well
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6. Busy
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7. ___
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8. Hourglass
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9. The Seams
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10. La La La
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Album Notes
When you invite 17 musicians - including a four-piece percussion section featuring a Ghanaian master drummer, a six-piece horn section and a collection of music students and indie rockers - you're inviting eclecticism.

And let's face it: The ambitious pursuit of musical eclecticism can equal an undisciplined mess. And then there are bands like Nomo - gatherings of open-minded music-heads convened for a singular purpose. In this case, the purpose is to create genuinely exciting (gulp) groove-centric dance music that also allows room for avant-jazz, Afro-pop, dub reggae, soul and new music - Orchestra Baobab locking into an untapped groove vein from Space is the Place at a basement party. Here, the eclecticism's marching orders are simply to make the people dance. It delivers on the promise to move the booty and still manages to tap into even the most analytical musical melon too. It's testament to the clarity of purpose brought to the table by Nomo organizer and sax man Elliot Bergman (who also blows for Saturday Looks Good to Me) as well as the focus of producer Warn Defever on assuring this polymorphous dance party actually feels like a party - even on record. The sextet of horns strolls leisurely through snaking conga lines; fuzz guitar freak-outs interrupt sun-dappled organ and sax affairs.

"Better Than That" vamps and wiggles like Coltrane's reconstruction of "My Favorite Things," if those favorite things in question just happened to be ass-shaking and street parties. Over the course of the record's 10 jams and 45-plus minutes, Nomo makes a persuasive case for the power of the world party.

Chris Handyside
Detroit Metrotimes


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I love this band!
I love this band! They are NOT just another afrobeat band. I am so happy to learn that Nomo is as great on their recordings as they are live. I love the addition of the percussion section BEFORE "Better Than That," a great tune with a riff that will be embedded in your ear for the rest of the day. Jamie's vocals are an awesome addition on "Moving in Circles"... girl's got pips, that's for sure. "Busy" is a new tune to me that has an awesome opening horn line. This is a wonderful band with a talent for songwriting and arranging with a stunning combination of instrumentation (harp and flute!) Ann Arbor should be very proud of Nomo and Nomo should be very proud of this album.

Pete "the Bionic Arse" Takahama

You better know that NOMO can shake the building down! These Detroit cats can throttle your ear cannals too! Great funk but with a gifted sense of direction. I was fired up and feeling no pain when i played this cd @ my crib! alive! I had my babes clothing off in no time Leroy! I popped a purple pill and put lill' peter to work! Just buy NOMO! They kick some heavy duty Booty...just like 'Dude Love' used to proclaim! Have Mercy!!

Burt 'BIG Daddy' Bummer

Burt approved Party Licks!!
Great stuff by Nomo. 'The Bummer' totally approves of these guys. Very cool songs. Will have your Rump Rider a Wiggling while you open this can of Whoop Ass! These guys are going to be incredible. Caution vibes may loosen your babes thong and have her bra unhooked rather quickly? Burt likes yes. Nomo can propel the instruments but with a challenged focus. Best under-rated Afro-Funk available. Burt gives them 4 booty shaking bottoms and 3 Brown eyed winks!

Dan Uk

Outstanding record
Well, this band is amazing. The playing is really tight and they can groove. There is a sort of Fela Kuti spirit all over but they don't lack in originality. Some wonderful beats and rhythm displacement that show that these guys can really play ! A bonus is the production, the cd sounds "warm" and it makes me think of the late 70s funk sort of sound. I would love to purchase this on Vinyl.

Leila Freijy

Wow! What a rich sound! What a great horn section!
Wow! What a rich sound! For anyone who has been wondering where all the horns have gone - NOMO's got them all! If you like the African Jass sound, you're sure to love this CD. Very accomplished musicians have come together to form a very tight band. I look forward to hearing more from NOMO.

CD Baby

In the style of the legendary Fela Kuti, Nomo captures the natural, effortless groove emanating from Afrobeat, coloring it with the fluidity of jazz and the sassy backtalk of 70's soul and funk. With steady backing keyboards, a thinking-as-one horn section and clever, addictive, circling bass lines, this is quite a stunning release that begins a new conversation between continents. Held together at the heartbeat with the body-shakin', earth-trembling drive, Nomo's weaving of the urban with the worldly is impressive and ingenius.